Environmental Management Environmental Management


Basic Policy

The Advantest Group contributes to the development of a sustainable society through its business activities. Based on our basic attitude of "Caring for Our Planet," we are actively engaged as a trusted corporate citizen in getting all of our employees involved in environmental conservation initiatives.

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Advantest Group Environmental Policy

  1. Promoting Environmental Management
    By establishing our environmental management system, we promote global environmental conservation efforts that achieve a balance between business activities and environmental concerns. Individual Advantest employees strive to protect the environment while carrying out their daily work and their responsibilities.
  2. Provision of Environmentally-Friendly Products
    We strive to provide environmentally friendly products throughout their life cycle — from procurement of material to waste disposal, through energy conservation, improved recyclability, and the elimination of hazardous substances.
  3. Reduction of Customers' Environmental Burden
    Through our sales of products and services, we contribute to our customers' reduction of their environmental burden.
  4. Better Workplace Procedures
    We constantly strive to reevaluate and reform work procedures to help preserve the environment.
  5. Conservation of Biodiversity
    By being alert to the impact of our business activities on biodiversity, we strive for the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of biological resources.
  6. Complying with Environmental Laws and Regulations and Preventing Pollution
    Upholding all environmental laws and regulations and voluntary standards, we protect nature and shield our neighbors from environmental pollution and health hazards.
  7. Disclosing information related to environment
    Advantest's environmental policy is made freely available to all employees, stakeholders, and other concerned parties. We strive to disclose our environmental activities and openly communicate with society.

The Advantest Group's Guidelines of Action for Biodiversity

To show our gratitude for the gift of nature that is endowed by biodiversity, and to recognize the significance of biodiversity in underpinning the prosperity and the wellness of our society, the Advantest Group will carry out initiatives in conserving biodiversity and in contributing to the sustainable use of biological resources.

  1. Understanding Environmental Impact
    We identify, evaluate and share the information on any aspects that may have a significant impact on biodiversity in the entire lifecycle of our business activities.
  2. Understanding Biodiversity
    We increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity among all employees so that they are able to engage in activities that give consideration to biodiversity in their business activities and daily lives.
  3. Reduction of Environmental Impact
    By seeking highly effective measures, and by carrying them out continuously, we reduce the impact of our business activities on biodiversity.
  4. Cooperation with Stakeholders
    We cooperate with a variety of stakeholders such as the government, educational organizations, NPOs, local residents and our business partners to promote activities related to the conservation of biodiversity.

Framework to promote environmental management

The Advantest Group is building a framework to better promote our global environmental initiatives.

Environmental management

Acquisition of ISO14001 certification

The Advantest Group has acquired Integrated ISO14001 certification for its offices, as well as its research, development, and production facilities in Japan. In addition, the Group has acquired ISO14001 certification for its environmental management system, which is based on legal regulations in each country where it operates. Under the uniform standards provided by ISO14001, we are reducing energy use, holding down waste production, developing and providing environmentally friendly products (green products), and reducing the environmental impact of our business activities.

Acquisition of ISO14001 certification
As of March 31, 2014
Company (Location) Certification acquired Proof of certification (Photo)
(Integrated certification)
  Head Office (2009/11)
Western Japan Office (2010/12)
Advantest Laboratories Ltd. (2000/2)
Gunma R&D Center (2002/4)
Saitama R&D Center (2003/10)
Kitakyushu R&D Center (2003/3)
Gunma Factory (1998/4)
Gunma Factory 2 (1998/12)
*1 Affiliates at same location included in certification
Advantest America, Inc. 2008/10 img_csr_2014_0060
  San Jose, U.S.A.  
Advantest Europe GmbH 2008/4 img_csr_2014_0061
  Munich, Germany  
Amerang, Germany  
Boeblingen, Germany  
Advantest (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. 2008/6 img_csr_2014_0062
Advantest (M) Sdn. Bhd. (Penang - Malaysia) 2008/9 img_csr_2014_0063
Advantest Korea Co., Ltd. 2008/7 img_csr_2014_0064
Advantest Taiwan Inc. 2006/12 img_csr_2014_0065
Advantest (China) Co., Ltd.*2 2008/5 img_csr_2014_0066
  Advantest (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.  
Advantest Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.  
*2 Above affiliates included in certification

Internal environmental audit

The Advantest Group confirms that its environmental management system complies with internal and external regulations at each business site, and it conducts regular internal audits as one way of lessening the environmental impact of its activities. The fiscal 2013 internal audit confirmed the effect of our efforts to reduce emissions of CO2, a byproduct with a big impact on the global environment. Our audit found no instances of non-compliance in fiscal 2013. We remain committed to improving our environmental performance and will continue to reform our environmental management system.